Panel discussion: Principles and Frameworks for Accountability. Undercurrent Victoria. Monday 30 October 2016
33 Saxon Street, Brunswick, Victoria 3056
6:30 – 9pm
This panel discussion will engage various frameworks used to approach
individual and community accountability and change. Drawing from
extensive experience in diverse fields, each speaker will present on
different ideas and strategies of accountability. There are both
overlaps and tensions between these different principles and frameworks,
and we hope to create a generative space to share and value diverse
ways of thinking about accountability.
Kirra Voller – Shut Youth Prisons Mparntwe
Kirra Voller is a proud Wirangu woman and musician. She lives in Mbantua
raising her young family, and works advocating for young people and the
abolition of youth prisons. She works alongside grandmothers who are
traditional owners in central Australia advocating for aboriginal led
alternatives to prison.
Kirra will discuss alternatives to incarceration for young people and
culturally appropriate responses for indigenous youth; including taking
young people out to homelands.
We are very excited and privileged to have Kirra in Narrm/Melbourne for this panel. https://www.facebook.com/KirraVoller/
Ada has extensive experience in the family violence sector and in facilitating Men’s Behaviour Change programs.
Ada will discuss core beliefs held by male perpetrators and how we
can identify attitudes that underpin abusive behaviours and support
violence against women.
Lauren is a community organiser whose work focuses on interpersonal and
state-based gender violence and community-based responses to violence.
She has worked in the area of gendered and intimate partner violence in
both community and agency settings for about 15 years, in community
accountability responses and violence prevention, refuge and crisis
support work and advocacy, and later in training and research. Her
research centres on community-based interventions to violence,
intersections between interpersonal and state-sanctioned violence
(including the violence of the prison industrial complex) and the nexus
of racialised and gendered violence. Lauren worked (with a collective of
great humans) to establish the Melbourne Transformative Justice
Network, and currently works on the Police Accountability Project
(Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre) and with the
Abolitionist and Transformative Justice Centre.
Lauren will be talking about community-based frameworks for violence
prevention, intervention and accountability, with a focus on supporting
survivors of family violence and sexual assault.
Marisa is a human rights advocate and prisoner support advocate. Marisa
is a broadcaster for ‘Doing Time’, a show on 3CR Community
Radio presenting information and discussion around issues faced by
prisoners in the criminal legal system and migration.
Marisa will discuss frameworks for the work they do with criminalised
people, why they do the radio show ‘doing time’ and the importance of
support and solidarity with criminalised people.
Anthony Lekkas is a counsellor and family violence practitioner at the
Victorian Aids Council. He has worked in the not-for-profit community
services sector for 14 years, as well as in private practice.
Anthony will discuss the work VAC are doing with same-sex attracted
men in family violence perpetrator programs with a particular focus on
the importance of working from an accountability framework by
centralising victim/ survivor voices in all aspects of service provision
and developing a formal observer program. Anthony will share the
challenges and growth areas VAC have encountered with this framework.
Anthony – Flemington Kensington Legal and Police Accountability Project
Anthony will discuss the police accountability project work. Within this
project they predominately apply state, institutional or legal forms of
accountability upon the police – Human Rights, legislative, rule of
law, as well as apply ‘accountability’ via the civil courts. They also
leverage various forms of moral, ethical and community based mechanisms
in various ways. Anthony will also discuss Gay and lesbian / Queer
Street Patrols, Aboriginal Night Patrols and community patrols / safety
projects / police alternative projects.
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